I had never heard of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, that is, not until I met this amazingly strong and beautiful family. I do not think I have personally met a stronger couple than Andrea and Jose. They have been married only a few years and already in their lives have been through the unimaginable with their (almost) 4 month old daughter Katherine.
Katherine was born on July 10th with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). The left side of her heart is severely underdeveloped and she will need three surgeries to completely reconstruct her little heart. The day she was born she was rushed to NICU while she waited for her first heart surgery (which happened 9 days later), the Norwood. Katherine is currently in heart failure and could really use your prayers as the doctors try to find resolve in her current situation (and as she awaits her next surgery).
Talking with Jose and Andrea after our session was both heart breaking (being a mother myself, my heart just aches for their struggles, trials and their fears) and yet peaceful at the same time. You see, they are believers and their faith and trust in the Lord just pours out when you talk to them. They find comfort in our God. Katherine has a purpose in this life, whatever it may be (we may never know until later) but I tell you one thing…God chose this amazing couple to be this little angel’s family for a reason.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” — Psalms 147:3
I love how IN LOVE they are with her…you can just feel it!
Jose – you are such an incredible papa to your little girl. As I sat behind my camera, observing you with her…kissing her, whispering in her ear, the way you look at her, the way she looked at you and her face just lit up and how she smiled…with her entire face. You are so blessed and she is also so blessed to have you as her daddy.
Andrea – the way you were sharing Katherine’s story with me…looking down at your sleeping baby, you are so confident and trusting in the Lord to provide you with the ability and the strength you need to get you through each day, each procedure, each surgery, all of the doctors words. You are such a true inspiration and an awesome testimony to me of how you should rejoice in all of your struggles. Through everything you’ve been through, your faith cries out. I can see pain in your eyes but at the same time I see comfort because you know that God is going to take care of your little girl. What an incredible mother figure Katherine has to look up to. God bless you, always Andrea!
Katherine received this gift in the hospital from a friend…how neat is this giraffe who also has half of her heart?
Please continue to pray for baby Katherine’s heart, her upcoming surgeries and pray for strength and comfort for Jose and Andrea. It was a blessing getting to know this family. If you would be interested in helping them with funds for upcoming heart surgeries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get the donation information to you.